Columbus Police were led on a wild chase around Northside last Wednesday night after being called to the Elk’s Lodge in reports to domestic battery call. CPD Officer Steven Kemp was dispatched to the Elk’s club at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday after witnesses saw a subject drag a woman from her car and start beating her “out of her clothes” in front of the popular Northside hotspot. As Kemp approached the area, he saw a green SUV that matched witnesses descriptions parked at a house behind Brother’s Food Mart. As he approached the car, the suspect jumped in the vehicle and and peeled out of the driveway.
The driver then began to fishtail on the wet road and slammed into a utility pole. The subject, later identified as Derek Stokes, momentarily slowed down and then hit the gas and went North on 18th St. before making a sharp left on 9th Ave. N. with Kemp in hot pursuit. Stokes momentarily eluded the officer before Kemp saw his taillights several blocks away from the corner of 10th Ave. and 17th St. N. When Kemp finally caught up to Stokes, the suspect attempted to run from the officer before Kemp surprised the much larger Stokes and subdued him before taking him into custody. Stokes’ damaged Chevrolet SUV (I couldn’t tell if it was a Tahoe or a Suburban- CK) came to rest right in front of the Elk’s Club and had fresh damage to the brush guard and front end from the collision with the utility pole.
Stokes pleaded with the officers who had arrived on scene to back Kemp up, “tell him I didn’t do anything…I’m mutherf###g innocent.” As he was complaining from the back seat of the police cruiser, a female approached the scene asking to speak with officers.
“JUST STAY AWAY, KEISHA!!. STAY AWAY!!!” Stokes screamed.
“I need the money…they’re gonna turn the power off! I need that money!” Keisha said.
The officers on scene heard the young woman’s tale of woe and brought Stokes out of the car and found a small roll of money and allowed the woman to have it after Stokes consented.
Several onlookers yelled at the officers as they inspected Stoke’s Chevy, screaming, “Stokes ain’t nuttin but a D-boy!!, that’s why he runnin'”. Officers pulled the vehicle from the middle of the road and called into dispatch for a wrecker to retrieve it. Stokes was charged with DUI-2nd Offense, Simple Assault, Improper Turn, Reckless Driving, No Insurance and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.0